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Our Story

Affirmation and Inclusion 

Living in the farthest parts of San Diego, we know the impact of not having resources or LGBTQ+ representation in our communities. Our children face cultural barriers on top of struggling to exist in their identities. 

We decided rather than be upset, we could provide opportunities ourselves, with an understanding of what our youth need. 

We spoke to National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, who gave us our first yes, after which Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and San Diego City leaders all committed to helping us create spaces that were inclusive and safe for our youth.   

We have grown significantly from the 5 youth that came to our initial Rainbow Swim at Loma Verde pool in the summer of 2021, to the now over 900 families all over San Diego County that received our newsletter.  

Every one of our events is open to every inclusive youth up to age 24, because we know that our identities are intersectional, and often a path still being taken. 

By making our events free, accessible via public transportation, and in the South and East County communities, we are determined to grow with purpose and a promise that no space should feel inaccessible for our LGBTQ+ youth.

Meet the Board

Advocates, Allies, and Community Members 

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Chula Vista Today : South Bay non- profit dedicated to creating Inclusive Spaces for Youth

October 7th, 2021

Our Community Partners 

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Our success is only possible through community partnerships.

Sweetwater Union High School District

We are excited to partner with Sweetwater Union High School district to do purposeful and community oriented outreach to its LGBTQIA+ youth and their families. Our goal is to provide support rooted in the Southbay.

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City of Chula Vista

The City of Chula Vista was the second city to commit to our LGBTQIA+ Swim time, and provided us the most access locally. We are grateful for their continued works towards making the city a safe place for our youth.

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City of National City

The city of National City was the first city to commit to providing a swim space for our LGBTQIA+ youth one the summer of 2021. We hope to continue advocacy in the community by addressing the needs of its community members

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City of Imperial Beach

Lacking a community pool, City of Imperial Beach leaders worked with Rainbow Spaces to provide access to alternative locations, like Camp Surf, in order to recognize the importance of safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth

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Southbay YMCA Services

Providing swim access in their Southbay center pool located on Paseo Del Rey, Southbay YMCA continues to strive to bring LGBTQ+ centered programming to our Southbay LGBTQIA+ youth

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Free Mom Hugs

Free Mom Hugs provides support for LGBTQIA+ Families across the United States. San Diego Leaders have come out to our events to speak with families, and of course, provide hugs.

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MANA De San Diego

MANA de San Diego is centered in the education and success of the Latine community, so having their support in our efforts is invaluable. We are honored to be able to list them as community partners in our efforts to not just have our youth live, but thrive!

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Our Community Support

Every event is free and accessible thanks to the amazing financial support and grants awarded to us by those committed to helping improve our community. Equity begins with empowering our youth with access, and opportunities, all possible because of our generous donors.

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San Diego Pride Community Grant

San Diego Pride

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County of San Diego Community Enhancement Grant

Office of District 1 County Supervisor Nora Vargas

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County of San Diego Neighborhood Enhancement Grant

Office of District 1 County Supervisor Nora Vargas

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First Friday Breakfast

Seven Mile Casino/ Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce/ YMCA/ City of Chula Vista/ County of San Diego

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City of San Diego ACCF Grant

Office of District 8 Councilmember Vivian Moreno

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City of San Diego ACCF Grant

Office of District 3 Councilmember Stephen Whitburn

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Community Through Hope

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